The new regulations set out in this circular will:
- increase transparency by requiring that police disciplinary hearings are held in public from 1 May 2015
- make these hearings fairer by ensuring that the chair is legally-qualified from January 2016
- protect police whistleblowers from unfair disciplinary action from 1 May 2015
- allow compensation to be withheld from Chief Officers in specific circumstances from 1 May 2015
Annexes G and H are advanced copies of guidance on these changes to the regulations. Annex G covers disciplinary hearings in public, legally-qualified chairs and withholding compensation for chief officers. Annex H covers protected disclosures for police whistleblowers.
A comprehensive version of the guidance, fully incorporating the changes to the regulations, will be published when the first regulations come into force on 1 May 2015.